We will not go deep into the specifics of the platform (mobile application, plugin, or web service), we will not talk about methodologies. We will talk about marketing and communication.
Before selling to customers, you need to sell the product to the stakeholders of your company. Of course, it is important to do it on the prototyping stage or idea stage. But if your product has been launched and some of your employees were not involved or even do not know about its existence (yes, it happened in our practice :)), it is necessary to go back and prepare a presentation for your team.
You need to remember that there’s a possibility you won't be understood for the first time. Try to do the next:
Imagine that your colleagues are your clients. This means that in the demonstration you should show the value that your customers will receive. Form is important, but content sells.
Over the past 10 years, I haven't met a team that could independently close all of the tasks to launch a new product. There is always a bottleneck with people and expertise. I advise bringing in outsource teams, agencies, and consultants to develop such a strategy. The best strategies are always created together, so it is important to have a hybrid team of internal and external specialists.
The basic principle in developing strategy is together, not instead. It should not be outsourcing, but complementary work with each other.
The strategy should include product analytics, customer segmentation, key messages, customer engagement communication plan, budget strategy, and resources. These are the minimum components. Here you need to be prepared for the fact that the launch plan can change and even a lot.
We had a case where the client developed a TV campaign to gather the first users of the product, but in the process, it turned out that the test group was larger than the client expected. So they refused to a TV advertising and changed the promotion strategy.
At this stage, I don't recommend getting into a global project before tracking every action of your users. But basic metrics need to be tracked.
There are a lot of tools that help to track or provide this kind of analytics. From Google analytics to Apps Flayer. At this stage, I recommend diving deep into this block on your own and involving external resources only for configuration, installation, and training.
This is probably the most difficult component and only because it requires the most resources. Time, if you attract existing customers with closed communication, or money if it is paid traffic: Google, Facebook, or TikTok. Either way, it should be a test and a small group of first clients.
Remember that at first, your main goal is not minimizing customer acquisition cost. At first, your main goal is to understand if it’s your client. Do they need your product? Do your product solves their problems, etc?
This is where the fun part comes in. Usually, at this stage teams face a lack of resources and a huge backlog of tasks. This is when you forget about your clients, their tasks, and pains, and think only about growth. Growth without continuous research on your clients is impossible.
To avoid falling into this trap, you need to establish a process for such research within the team - who does it, what are the metrics and performance indicators.
There are lots of essential mistakes in developing an MVP. And it can cost pretty big money. It happened to be that we did those mistakes. We want to tell you about them, so you can avoid losing lots of resources. Enjoy!
We are creative people from Ukraine who teamed up to create digital art and used it in merch. Part of the profit from sales goes to the Ukrainian army to destroy the russian terrorists. Most of us are staying in Ukraine and see everything with our own eyes, so we said a word about what’s happening and how we feel about it.